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Archive for April, 2009

Packaging for Pandemic

Monday, April 27th, 2009

There is good news to report among the alarming headlines on swine flu: world governments are putting emergency plans into action. The National Strategic Stockpile, for instance, has been tapped, and supplies are arriving at affected locales. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesperson, states and cities ...

Big Green

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Aton Pharma (Lawrenceville, NJ) has started using the Greenbox Pallet Shipper from Entropy Solutions. The up-sized version in the Greenbox line combines Entropy’s phase change technology with a 16-cu-ft-box. Aton Pharma recently used the container for a refrigerated shipment to Korea of its drug Syprine (trientine hydrochloride). Syprine treats Wilson’s disease, ...

Ways the Web Works for You

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Tools for pharmaceutical and medical device packagers continue to show up online. You know about pmpnews.com and Daphne's new feed on Twitter, now there's a way to find a quick info byte on medical translation. The Medical Translation Blog discusses issues for translation clients and service providers. It talks about regulatory news ...

Getting a Hold of the Doctor

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

The marketing of pharmaceuticals to physicians is changing pretty dramatically, thanks to PhRMA Code and to private institutions that are banning certain branded items. PhRMA's intent with the Code was to eliminate the influence that any noneducational promotional items like branded pens, calendars, and even medical-related products like hand washes ...

FDA Warns China Drug Makers about Heparin

Friday, April 17th, 2009

FDA sent two warning letters this week to pharmaceutical manufacturing locations in China regarding GMP violations in Heparin production. One went to Qingdao Jiulong Biopharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. and the other to Shanghai No. 1 Biochemical & Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. for quality issues as well as discrepencies in shipping information. ...

Winpak Carries on Reynolds Brands for Pharma

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Winpak (Winnipeg, Manitoba) now holds the exclusive rights to use Reynolds Packaging LLC formulations and reference its Drug Master Files (DMFs) to produce packaging materials used in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. These rights include the Drug-Pak, Safety-Pak, and Sure-Peel brands along with other specialty packaging products used in these ...

Tickle, Don’t Trouble, the End-User

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

In our monthly e-newsletter this week, we shared a report from HealthPack on a lively nurses' panel and survey about packaging. The nurses largely favored double-rigid packages. (For the entire newsletter, please see the end of this entry.) Such end-user feedback is so valuable because it gives you an idea ...

Could Compliance Suffer in This Economy?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

It seems as though patient compliance may have a new enemy--the economy. Pharmacists in a recent survey by the American Pharmacists Association report that "patients have altered their adherence to their previous medication regimen (i.e., split tablets, skipped doses) or switched to a lower cost generic alternative due to the ...

Sustainability and U

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Packaging sustainability has found its first academic home. This week, Clemson University dedicated the 28,000-sq-ft Harris A. Smith Building, home to the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics. In a release, institute director Chip Tonkin said the institute will focus on four areas: * Designing environmentally sustainable packages. * Developing electronic films ...

Cortegra Offers Cold Chain Solution

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Cortegra has launched a cold-chain management solution that deploys flexible, reusable temperature monitors. A portfolio of programmable sensors includes an RFID Temperature Data Card that is wirelessly programmed and read. Sensor data can be captured without the need to open the shipment container. The solution includes software for logging shipment status along ...